Month: March 2009

Invoking the Slippery ‘Affirmative Defense’ to Harassment

Yesterday’s Advisor covered the first three conditions that must be met to invoke an “affirmative defense” against harassment claims. Today we move on to the fourth condition, and bring you news about a unique tool that helps smaller HR departments with harassment—and the rest of HR’s major challenges. The fourth condition that must be met […]

Hot List: BusinessWeek’s Best Seller List

BusinessWeek magazine ranks the 15 best selling hardcover and paperback business books in March 2009 and gives a short summary. 1. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. As you’d expect with Gladwell, there are lots of surprises in his explanation of why some people succeed fantastically. Pluck and smarts get less play here […]

Finding the Safe Haven from Harassment Claims

Although the Supreme Court has made it clear that employers are responsible for unlawful harassment by supervisors, the Court did provide a clear-cut method of avoiding liability under certain circumstances. Here’s how it works. First, the Court clarified that an employer is always liable for a supervisor’s harassment if it results in a tangible employment […]